Steven Avery’s story is not over.
After Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told reporters that the streaming service is considering a second season of the hit documentary, Making a Murderer, the filmmakers themselves said they are already looking into future episodes.
“I think today marks four weeks since the series launched and what we’ve managed to do in the past four weeks is we’ve had several telephone conversations with Steven Avery and we did record those calls with the eye of including them in future episodes should there be more episodes,” Laura Ricciardi told reporters during TCA panel in Pasadena, California, on Sunday. “But we’ve not returned to Wisconsin in the past four weeks.”
Co-creator Moira Demos also echoed Ricciardi’s sentiments, describing the story as “ongoing.”
“As we’ve said before, in relation to this story, this story is ongoing, these cases are open, but it’s real life,” Demos said. “You don’t know what’s going to happen. We are ready to follow these. If there are significant developments, we’ll be there.”
However, neither of the filmmakers confirmed if future episodes were indeed coming to Netflix and the second season premiere date was not part of the streaming service’s lineup of premiere dates from earlier in the day.
That said, when asked about other networks who are planning to examine Steven Avery’s case and that certain information might have been left out, Ricciardi said they never claimed they were going to act like attorneys.
“We’ve said before, this is a documentary. We’re not prosecutors, we’re not defense attorneys, we did not set out to convict or exonerate someone,” she said. “We set out to examine the criminal justice system today.”
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The filmmakers also said that while former Wisconsin state prosecutor Ken Kratz claimed that they left out key evidence from the case (namely that Teresa Halbach allegedly asked her employer to not send her to see Avery because she was “creeped out” by him), they felt that they portrayed both sides in their 10-part series.
“We’re aware now the prosecutor is saying his point of view isn’t included, we disagree,” Ricciardi said. “We used original footage captured at press conferences, at public forums.” She added that the prosecutors declined to be a part of their documentary during “multiple opportunities” and a chance to “follow up.”
What’s more, while Netflix users may be binging the popular series, Avery has apparently not seen it.
“Steven does not have access to the series, he asked the warden and social worker whether he would be able to see it, his request was denied,” Ricciardi said.